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Brown Paper Bag - To Øl

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Brown Paper BagBrown Paper Bag

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 27
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Chico1985 on 03-29-2014

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3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This so-called "imperial lager," which by virtue of being a pilsner of supposed imperial strength (definitely true) technically is, fits with my notion in its chill-hazed but clearing medium gold color and soft, fluffy white head. The head itself reaches a pretty good height and leaves mostly spotting that seems to try to branch out.
The smell is very difficult to place, but with time I think it's just extremely (and unusually) dank, maybe a bit of must and cardboard coming out with a strong earthy and floral hops. There's a note of exotic, fleshy fruits and sweetness that, when put all together, makes it seem a little odd at first. It does mingle together well with time.
It ends up being quite hoppy on the tongue, a bit spicy with mostly floral notes along with some herb and fruits (not so sweet this time) working out.
It has the body, medium and not too heavy for a pils, with a nice backbone of crispness leading into smoothness as a touch of grass, leaf and herb provide soft dryness on the palate.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep orange with a lovely pure white head. Nice to look at.

Nose is a lovely citrus orange/lime but the pilsner tones come through. Pleasant.

Mouth feel is just great. Super well balanced; light carbonation and a real "rich" elegance to this one. Very inviting and one wants another sip immediately.

Taste is rich, bold and earthy. Tastes like a Pilsner that's been a bit on steroids but just a very nice flavor profile and one that will go well with food.

Nice rich pleasing Pilsner bitter finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the brown paper bag wrapped bottle in a Duinen snifter. This imperial lager pours a hazy reddish orange with a frothy white foam head that slowly dissipates to a thin pool of foam, a thick ring, and webbed light lacing. Nose of toffee, thick caramel, heavy bitter and citrus hops, oranges, and heavy grain. Flavors are awash in a battle for supremacy with caramel and toffee notes being overcome by citrus and bittering hops. A light bitter orange like flavor comes through on the aftertaste along with other citrus fruits and a heavy grain note. Citrus and bitter hops forward to say the least. Very coating resinous hops lingering behind a smooth sipping lager with a good kick n alcohol. Perhaps not what I was expecting, but still very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with a small head.
Nose shows heavy sweet caramel malt, toffee and a little pine.
Malty flavours too before transitioning to an aggressive bitterness. Heaps of caramel and toffee.

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Photo of Temptation
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 375 ML bottle on July 24, 2015. Look is cloudy glowing amber, white head and thin lacing. Smells of caramel malts and citrus hops. Taste is caramel and toffee malt, citrus and bitter hop. Smooth carbonation. Interesting beer.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml brown paper wrapped bottle from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown...

Poured a slightly hazy golden honey colour. Slightly off white head poured big, thick and foamy with a whipped meringue like top then faded slowly to a good one finger covering which lasted throughout... lots of sticky lacing patches coat the glass all the way down...

Aroma - Spicy tart fruits (oranges (peel?), limes, pears), some almond nuttiness, lots of floral honey, sea saltiness, chalky notes, some soapiness, peppery and grassy hop bitterness, very herbal - some hints of basil, some tobacco notes, cut wet grass, some buttery traces, slightly rubbery, some graininess...

Taste - Lots of grassy and peppery hop bitterness up front followed by lots of herbal notes, light biscuity malts, again some floral honey sweetness, quite nutty, marzipan traces, juicy fruits (bitter oranges, pears, apples, grapefruit), a hint of saline, some alcohol warmth just coming through, faint tobacco...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little bite... medium bodied... dangerously drinkable at 8.5%

Overall - An excellent example of a Double Pilsner and another great beer from To Øl... recommended

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sprat1960
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Translucent, orange-copper in color with a HUGE light tan head when poured. The head persists and then leaves a small layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice mild malty-hoppy aroma; made me want to drink the beer. Nice smooth slightly sweet, malty taste with a dry hoppy finish on the sides of your tongue. The dry finish did make the beer very thirst quenching; I needed some water after having the beer. Light body with smooth, light carbonation. Very nice beer. I liked the combination of a hoppy lager.

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3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Green 375ml wrapped up and disguised in...wait for it...a brown paper bag. Described as a hoppy imperial lager.Poured a bit in a glass for appearance reasons but drinkin' the rest of it straight out of the bottle, bag attached.

Appearance - Dark orange/amber color with a beige head. Just a bit of haze, good head retention, some lace.

Smell - Hops burst from the nose, surprising amount of strength to start with but does fade a bit after time. Plenty of good citrus lemon tropical leafy dank. There is light caramel sweetness and some toasted malt as well.

Taste - Not quite the hop bomb of the scent but quite nice as well, a bit more balance here. Definitely a lager feel with toastiness, grains, and light toffee; hop flavors of citrus, grassy, floral, earthy.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and somewhat big feel to it with a nice carbonation level/foaminess to it. Some alcohol shows through but this is quite drinkable for the ABV. Low-medium bitterness, well-balanced.

Overall - With the brown bag shtick I thought this may lean towards straight-up malt liquor, pleasantly surprised by a nice hop profile on top of a big tasty lager base. I'd drink this in an alley anytime.

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3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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Photo of ADZA
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been loving these guys of late and pours a orange amber hue with a creamy off white two finger head and some nice tight clingy lacing,the smell is gooseberries,kiwi fruit and boiled candy,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and near on perfect with tastes of sweet berries,kiwi fruit,candy malts and finished with a herbal bitter sweetness and overall don't let the brown paper bag fool you this is a rippa of a beer cheers.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy dark amber with a huge fluffy dirtied white head, slowly receding.
The smell has a lot of tropical fruit, like mango and overripe pineapple, blood orange and pink grapefruit, thick floral notes, biscuit and a faint lagery zestiness.
That's the taste, entirely. But it's mroe complex. The front has canned pineapple, orange and grapefruit juice, on top of a thick caramel glazed biscuity maltiness. Big, perfumey floral notes follow, really bitter, splashed with a nice bit of "wet" Mosaic hoppiness. This leads into a strong, extra bitter grassy finish that even has some light metallic notes.
The aftertaste really takes you back to this beer's lagery roots, with that certain crispness, with a big, simple, straight-forward oxidation-like bitterness stuck down your throat. The malt sweetness is around, but not big enough. Medium to heavy body, medium carbonation.
I was afraid this was gonna be too much of an imperial IPA. Imperial, it is, but the pilsener part is delivered, too. Strongly. Not entirely in love with it, tho. The bitterness (as hugely intense and "simple" as it is) starts to annoy.

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Brown Paper Bag from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.